30 Day Writing Challenge by Cydney

Hey there TH*S readers! 

Hey TH*S readers, “It’s the final countdown!” (I know you’re all singing along). I wanted to give you all a quick reminder as the days dwindles down to the start of my first ever hosted Writing Challenge. I am super excited to share some of my prompts with you guys and to also see how you guys respond to the event, plus you can never have too many ideas, right? Below you will find the rules of the writing challenge, the rules are very basic and straight to the point. If anyone has questions about the challenge you may definitely contact me. Thanks!

Rules:

  • Write at least 250 words, mainly the opening paragraph. Of course, you can write more, but I like to keep things open and fresh for future references.
  • Add in an important detail, a favorite name, a favorite flower, something that you’ll always remember about that opening.
  • Starts September 1, 2108, ends September 30, 2018, but feel free to continue, take a break, or start over again at any time.
  • Take 5 minutes out of the day to let your imagination go wild. Five minutes may seem like the smallest amount of time in the world, but I have noticed that every little time gets me a step closer to finishing my story. And although I more than likely go over that five minute break time, I make sure to add something if only a couple of sentences because I am working towards my goal.
  • Share. Don’t be afraid to share where the prompt took you. I will try my best to attach my own blurb so that you all see that I am participating alongside with you all.

Get to Know Me Wednesday

Happy Wednesday readers

This week I’d like to share some of my favorite childhood books with you.

Tar Beach

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Illus. in full color. “Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the ‘tar beach’ of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one’s world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book.”–(starred) Horn Book.

~Amazon~

Tar Beach was by far my favorite childhood book of all time. I think what drew me to it was the fact that it was a young black girl looking at her life. I don’t think I’d ever seen anything like that at my age, and it was nice to see someone like me in a book.

Pickle Things

Pickle Things by Marc Brown

Yeah, I know it sounds like a strange title, but I loved this book as a kid. It was funny, and weird, and had pickles in it so for me, it was fascinating. My mom used always mentioned that I would continuously read and reread Pickle Things, and how the book tickled me so. It is a cute silly children’s book about all the things pickles aren’t, and helps with the imagination, think what the world would be like with pickle everything.

 

What kind of childhood books do you guys read, any of them as strange or influential as my books?

 

Well, until next time readers, be sure to Read THS!

Millions Review

Millions (Book 5)  by Pepper Winters

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publishing Date:

E-book: 300 pages, Audiobook: 11h 4m

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Goodreads rating: 4.55 stars

“Tragedy, turmoil, and the ultimate sacrifice. It’s not a question of what I’m willing to sacrifice but who to deserve her…

Can love truly conquer all? Even when so many truths say no?

~Goodreads~


Pepper Winters has done it again. The fifth and final book of the pennies series has finished on a high note, and I must be honest with you guys it took me forever to read this book. I did not want to Pim and Elders journey to end. I tried my best to hold off and not finish the story and well, a chapter of my life.

Pepper Winters has become one of my favorite authors, she’s able to make you swoon, rip your heart out, bite your nails and sit with your jaw open all within the same chapter. That right there ladies and gentlemen takes skill. Now, let’s get down to it.

Pim has been kidnapped, after one of the best times of their lives, she is ripped away from Elder as soon as their lives are beginning. Whom do we have to blame for this? Q. I am telling you guys I was so mad when he decided to pop up and be the hero, he didn’t take out the time to really figure out what was happening, and then on top of all of that he wouldn’t listen, typical. If you can’t tell I hold a sore spot for Q in my heart, I never read Tears for Tess, so this was my first interaction with the characters and I have to say it all started off on a wrong foot.

Pim has finally grown into the woman she was meant to be, she is known to showcase her strength and abilities as well as voice her wants and needs and does just that when she is taken captive. Throughout the story, we are able to read from Pim and Elders perspectives, Pim doing all she can to get free, while Elder does all he can to get to her. Now, isn’t that what we really want? Someone to rescue us when it’s needed, think the world of us, who would also do whatever it took to get them back, talk about a heartthrob. This last book was the perfect ending to a not so perfect story, and I couldn’t think of any other way I’d have their story end.

Well readers, does this sound like a series you would be interested in? Let me know what you think, have you read anything from Pepper Winters, if so which book?

Until next time THS readers, be sure to Read THS!

New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Eternally Bound

Eternally Bound (The Alliance, Book 1) by Brenda K. Davies

Over the centuries, anything Ronan once found pleasure in has faded away to be replaced with blood, death, and the ever-constant battle not to give in to the more savage side of his vampire nature. Every time he wakes, he questions if that day will be the one he succumbs to the beckoning darkness.

As a born hunter, Kadence has been sheltered from the world for her entire life, never allowed to step beyond the walls of her home. It’s not a life she’s happy with, but it’s one she’s come to accept. Everything changes the day her father is slaughtered by a vampire and she escapes the walls that have kept her caged. 

After she’s attacked by the monster responsible for killing her father, Kadence is unsure how to react when she’s rescued by Ronan. Though raised to hate vampires, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ronan as she slowly begins to realize that everything she’s been taught over the years may not be true. Now, she must decide what she wants more; Ronan, her family, or the elusive freedom she’s finally found.

***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series in order to follow the Alliance Series, but it is recommended.*** 

Recommended Reading order for The Alliance Series:
Eternally Bound (Book 1)
Bound by Vengeance (Book 2)

Due to violence, language, and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+

~Amazon~

Getting to Know Me Wednesdays

Hey there THS readers,

For some time I have been contemplating what to post on Wednesdays. I used to use Wednesdays as my update days but soon found that it was either repetitive, or I really didn’t have much to update about my current reads. So, I have reached my happy medium, a weekly or bi-weekly (because I haven’t fully decided) get to know me post.

The first official get to know me post.

Why I started a book blog?

Well, I have been reading for years, and I thought it would be nice to share my opinions and thoughts with other fellow readers. I have been watching booktube for some time and joined Goodreads in 2016 and thought this would be the next best step.

I initially started my blog with the intentions of having some of my reader friends helping with the content. Alas with everyone’s busy schedules it was difficult for anyone to post an update on a constant basis so, I decided to take over and try my best to post on a continuous basis which brings us to today.  I know I’m not perfect at this blogging thing, but it’s nice to be able to read posts from others while being able to share the stories I’m reading and when I get around to them posting my reviews.

So, what brought you all to WordPress, and the book blogging community? My answer is straightforward, I like to read, and I wanted to be able to share my opinions on the books I came across.

Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

 

New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Invitation to Eden Book 7

Breaking Free (Invitation to Eden Book 7) by Cathryn Fox

“Cathryn Fox is one of my go-to authors for sexy romance. Her books always make my heart flutter and my pulse race.” – NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

Spring Break at college is supposed to be a time of fun and parties, but Alaska Rossi, AKA Janey Smith, is on lockdown thanks to her father’s mafia dealings. She wants only to party down with the rest of her classmates. At least her hot, darkly mysterious bodyguard— deep undercover as her dorm’s resident assistant—gives her something to fantasize about during her boring nights in confinement.

When Alaska wins a campus radio contest, and is gifted with a special invitation to an exclusive island, she knows it’s her chance to break free. After all, Eden is a place where no one knows her name, so what danger could possibly come to her? But when danger appears in the form of a masked man who takes control of all her pleasures, tapping into her darkest fantasies, she begins to wonder if her undercover lover, and the mysterious bodyguard who’s deep undercover, are one in the same…

(New Adult, new experiences sexy romance, contemporary romance, alpha hero, biker, falling in love, escaping the past, beach read.)

~Amazon~

New Reads Mondays!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Pestilence

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

~Amazon~


So far I am in love with this book. Right away I was drawn into the story, the thought of one of the horsemen running around and the world slowly dying as the days tick on it sure was an eye-opener. I can’t wait to see what else comes out of the next pages.

Happy National Book Lovers Day!!

 

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Of course, we don’t need a national day to talk about how much we love reading, or the newest books we’ve read, or even our continuously growing tbr lists. But, it is nice to see that reading is big enough to be recognized alongside other “national” holidays such as pancake day, hot dog day, boyfriend/girlfriend day and so on. So here’s to all of you readers out there, now…back to reading.

Until next time, Read THS!

Thousands Review

Thousands (Book 4 of Dollar Series) by Pepper Winters

Published: August 2017

E-Book, 300 pages

Stars: 5/5

“Love had been stolen from me for reasons entirely my fault. But then a miracle happened, and Pim gave me something I thought was lost forever. She gave me a love I’d earned. Love that ruined me. Love that made me hopelessly hers…”

Once upon a time, I didn’t think I’d ever be normal.
Now, I’m talking and trusting, and it’s all thanks to Elder.
He gave me my life back, and I gave him my heart, but love stories like ours are never simple.
I did something to protect him.
He did something to survive me.
We screwed up.
And now, it’s no longer just about us.
It’s about safety, sanctuary, and sin.

~Amazon~

 


The Pennies series happens to be one of my favorite series ever. I have seen my share of reviews about the disappointment readers felt from reading Thousands, but I don’t agree. I am so in love with Pim, and Elder the slow build and burn the inner torment they both have to face is so refreshing to me. This isn’t an every day, all of a sudden I can’t resist you love story, they are both struggling to overcome their issues not just for themselves but for each other.

“I knew he loved me before he knew.

He loved me.

I loved him.

I didn’t need anyone else to tell me.

I know.

I trust.

It’s true.

He loves me…

And that was the most incredible thing of all.”

My heart swelled and my eyes wouldn’t stop running, this is one of the moments I have been waiting for this entire series and I can’t wait to read the last book. I am honestly scared of reading the final book, I have invested so much time and emotions into this series that I don’t want it to be over.

New Reads Monday

Welcome back to another, New Reads Monday!

Awakened y Brenda K Davies

Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity. Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever? 

~Goodreads~


I have already begun reading this book, per usual, and I actually remember a great deal about the book. Sometime before my Goodreads account, I may have read this book, or at least started it at some point. I have noticed that I have moments where I stop and think, is this moving to fast but then again it is apart of a series that I believe is 8 books long, and it seems like every book is about a different couple which I have noticed is a pattern of Brenda K. Davies. So far I am enjoying the book, but we’ll see how I think about it when I get to the end.

Until next time be sure to, Read THS!

 

New Read Mondays!

Happy Monday readers! I haven’t felt motivated to finish any books that I recently started, so like many other readers…I picked up a new book.

Tempted by a Rogue Prince

Goodreads rating: 4.29/5

New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents:

Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 3)
An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

Paranormal Romance Books in the Eternal Mates Series
Kissed by a Dark Prince
Claimed by a Demon King
Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015

~Goodreads Summary~


Like I said, I haven’t felt the pull to finish any books I have recently started lately, so I started a new book. Tempted by a Rogue Prince is the 3rd book in the Eternal Mates Series, a 15 part series that I probably won’t get through. I loved the first book and was eager to read the second book that left me a little underwhelmed, and so I took a break from the series to look into other books and here I am again.

Until next time, Read THS!

Back…again.

I have been thinking about how I wanted to technically come back and announce my return, again. But, honestly, some life-altering events took place that made everyday life that much harder. I do regret that I couldn’t keep it together and post as usual, but I noticed that my standard day to day activities needed to change and I needed to really think about where I was going, how I was going to get there and start with getting my game plan in place. I’d like to say that I have gotten everything ironed out and that I know exactly where I’m going and how long it is going to take, but I just don’t. This summer was supposed to be my summer to really pump out content, providing reviews, book releases from up and coming authors as well as some of my favorite authors, and weekly get to know me blogs, but it just hasn’t worked out the way I’d planned it. As I reflect on the past month, I just see myself coming up with excuses as to why I wasn’t able to do something I really loved doing, and I know for a fact that I am more than willing to push past whatever issue come my way and attack my dreams head-on. Plus, I’d rather start it sooner rather than later, I have dreams to fulfill, and I’m the only one who can achieve them…so why not start back at it again?

Well, that was my life as is spew, I know we all have issues and problems that arise, and we choose to let them hold us back or push us forward. In this case, I allowed my change of events to postpone what I wanted to do, not on purpose but I let it hold me back none the less. Don’t be like me, be better, push towards your end goal and if you get lost or waiver from it, just know you are human, and it happens. Until next time, be sure to Read TH*S!

New Read Mondays

Hey there THS readers,

This Monday I am actually going back to the last couple of books I haven’t finished. Some I just lost interest in because I felt the author was setting up the story to continue without giving me my happy ending, and who doesn’t love a happy ending, or I wasn’t swept up in the thrill of the story. This week I am going to try my best to push through most of these stories and of course get one step closer to my reading goals.

Wish me luck, until next time be sure to Read THS.

Free E-book Friday

Hey TH*S readers, it’s Friday!

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This weeks Free E-book Friday special genre is Fantasy. This week I decided to provide the summary/synopsis along with one book from different vendors, because who doesn’t love free books? I figured giving you all a bunch of books that I’ve read the synopsis on and found interesting, but not providing it for you guys makes it difficult to know if you want to choose the books or not. Below you will find three different companies, with one book, the site will be linked, and the authors page will be linked to their names as well, and as promised the synopsis of the story so you can hopefully come to the same conclusion that I have. Free books, with good summaries do nothing but increase your TBR lists.

Kobo

 Jade Calhoun Series Boxed Set by Deanna Chase
Synopsis
Haunted on Bourbon Street, Witches of Bourbon Street, Demons of Bourbon Street

Book four Angels of Bourbon Street is due out in May of 2013
Haunted on Bourbon Street
Jade loves her new apartment–until a ghost joins her in the shower.
When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.
Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help–and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own–to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?
Witches of Bourbon Street
Jade Calhoun was never fond of her empath abilities. Now she’s discovered she has another gift she’d rather not unwrap–magic. But when her mentor, Bea, becomes gravely ill and insists Jade’s the only one who can help, she’s forced to embrace her witchy side.
It’s too bad she spent a decade shunning the magical community and never learned to harness her powers. Because time’s run out. A trapped spirit has revealed a clue to Jade’s long-lost mother. The resident angel has gone rogue and disappeared with Jade’s boyfriend, Kane. And if that wasn’t enough, her ex appears to be possessed.
To save any of them, Jade will need to find a way to control her inner white witch–without succumbing to black magic. Otherwise, she’ll lose everything…including her soul.
Demons of Bourbon Street
New Orleans coven leader, Jade Calhoun, is embarking on a Hellish mission. Literally. A week ago her ex sacrificed himself to Hell in order to save Jade’s mother. While he suffers, Jade will stop at nothing to bring him home…even if it means working with Lailah, an angel she’s never trusted.
But the stakes are raised when Jade discovers her boyfriend, Kane, is marked by a demon. The very same one who tried seducing him right before Jade’s eyes. Now Kane’s life is on the line, and consequently, Jade’s soul is compromised. She’ll need all the help she can get, including Lailah’s, as she fights her way through Hell to save her ex and Kane—and her entire existence.

Barnes & Noble

 11:15: The Making of a Halfling (Halflings #.05) by Heather Burch

Mace and Raven are given a mission to stop a catastrophic event. With his halfling abilities still untapped, Vine is allowed to join the mission, but only as a spectator. The clock is ticking and the tragedy is proving difficult to stop. Will Vine be able to sit back and watch, or will the power of heaven unleash just in time?

Amazon 

 Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins
What is a dragon without a maiden?

Keira is content in her small, medieval village – well, sort of. Her mother is pressing her to marry, but her suitors are less than desirable. So when handsome Aaron Drake arrives in the village and sets his sights on Keira, she cannot help but be interested.
But Aaron is not the only new arrival in the area – a fire-breathing dragon has also taken up residence in the mountains, not far from the remote alpine castle that Aaron calls home. Keira finds Aaron intriguing, but there is clearly more to him than meets the eye, for why would a man of wealth, intelligence and charm forgo life in the city and choose to live in a remote mountain village, with a dragon as his nearest neighbor?
Awarded the Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion, Bound by a Dragon, the first book in The Dragon Archives, will sweep readers far from the modern world into a world of castles, medieval markets and fantastical romance.

Comicpalooza May 25-27, 2018 Experience

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2018 Comicpalooza held in Houston Texas is where I normally spend my Memorial Day weekend, this was my 8th year attending the convention and I can not wait until next years. This year I met and spoke with different authors, actors, and costume designers all wanting to share just how much they love what they do and how they took the chance and went after their dreams.

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Orlando Jones and I. He was very pleasant to talk to, had tons of stories to share with us, and constantly had everyone laughing. His stories were out of this world, some of them I would have never in my wildest dreams thought up myself.

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Ross Marquand, my mom and I. Super laid back guy, we literally talked about random stuff and also mentioned what movies we’ve yet had time to see, mine being Infinity Wars (don’t start with me, I have my reasons.).

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Ruth Carter, the costume designer for Black Panther. We were able to sit in on her panel and boy was it awesome. Very eye opening to hear where she started and how hard she worked to get to where she is. I was able to get her autograph, and take pictures with her, can anyone saw black girl magic? Super inspiring to hear and see Ruth Carters history, and way of thought for the production of Black Panther, and to know that we can all acomplish the same things she has.

My Comicpalooza purchases, all products were signed by the authors, and all authors are new to me. I love trying out new authors and sharing them with all of my readers, hopefully there will be some reviews on these new guys soon.